Our Mission

No Artist Left Behind.

"Ram in the Mountains" by Sandy Milne

The Beginning

Since Then

Creative Spaces

In 2002 the Alberta government’s Persons With Developmental Disabilities department changed its mandate, leaving persons with brain injuries ineligible for its programs. That led Gene Neel, Barb Smith, Sharon Falconer and JoAnn Miller to found Artistic Expressions as a means of funding arts programs for adults with a physical disability and/or brain injury living in Calgary and Area.

Over the past 14 years Artistic Expressions has grown from sponsoring 12 artists per semester at one site to sponsoring 35 artists at two sites. Our initial site is located in the Craft Cabin room at the Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre, while our second site is at the Indefinite Arts Centre. 

Our mandate is to provide a creative, respectful, open-concept environment where artists are supported by qualified instructors to explore a variety of media in individually chosen projects. Possible mediums for exploration include fibre arts, painting and drawing, hand building and pottery, glass, print making, ceramics, collage, mixed media sculpture, and jewellery.

Recent News and Events

Featured Artists

The Artists

Life is sometimes hard. Things go wrong, in life and in love and in business and in friendship and in health and in all other ways that life can go wrong. And when things get tough, this is what you should do. Make good art. 

Neil Gaiman

I found I could say things with colour and shapes  that I couldn't say any other way – things I had no words for.


Georgia O'Keeffe

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Become a Member

Membership in Artistic Expressions is free and open to all Albertans, not just our artists. Being a member is the easiest way to keep abreast of current information, not only about Artistic Expressions and its programs, but about issues facing adults with brain injuries and physical disabilities. Being a member also lets you vote at the annual general meeting and have a say in where Artistic Expressions is going. Click Here to fill out a membership form. 

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Even if you're not a member, you can follow what's happening with Artistic Expressions by reading our monthly newsletter. *Newsletter coming soon!


Help keep Artistic Expressions going by supporting our fund raising initiatives or donating. Every donation helps adults with physical disabilities and acquired brain injuries access teachers and spaces to make art. Shopping through Indigo's website, via FlipGive, is another great way to show your support. To do so, Click Here!

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Lynn Cameron - 2015

Artistic Expressions is managed by a volunteer board of directors

© 2019 Artistic Expressions

Board of Directors


Chair, Debbie Routly

Treasurer, Don Rutherford

Secretary, Lori Farley

Fanning Centre Liaison, Don Rutherford

Artist Representative and Director, Kathy Austin

Director, Leslie Wilkins

Director, Lou Crocker

Director, Joel Wedel

Director, Emma Stirling

 © Artistic Expressions 2019